Server Virtualization Server virtualization beginner's guide:
Server virtualization beginner's guide
This virtualization primer introduces virtualization from a business user and data center environment point of view. The first section offers an overview of virtualization, from what it is to how it is beneficial to IT organizations to management considerations. Following that, the guide goes into details about the major virtualization offerings on the market today. The third section compares and contrasts the major platforms. The fourth section offers resources that detail software deployment, from installation to launching a virtual server. The final section points you toward comprehensive guides for the more advanced user.
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- P2V (Physical-to-virtual) migration tools: A guide (Further resources)
Once you've selected your virtualization platform and learned the basics, there's bound to be some more advanced questions about security, management tools, migration tools, whether to use blade servers or rack server and more. This selection of content offers resources that answer more advanced virtualization questions.
Choosing the right virtualization platform for your business requires research. This section offers tips, expert opinions and articles that compare and contrast the major virtualization offerings from VMware, Microsoft and Xen, including Virtual PC, OpenVZ and Virtuozzo. On the second page, you'll also find articles that discuss whether rack servers and blade servers are better for virtualized servers.
Here you'll find articles that explain the basics of how each major virtualization software offering works. You'll also find articles that debunk paravirtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
Once you've selected a virtualization platform, this section will point you towards resources that walk you through using the software, from basic installation to configuration to deploying your first guest operating system. Whether it's VMware on Linux, VMware on Windows Server, Microsoft Virtual Server or using VMware's VMotion, we've got you covered.
This collection of articles and tips introduces the different virtualization technologies and main software offerings: VMware Server, Microsoft Virtual Server and XenServer. You'll learn how to choose appropriate servers for virtualization and how to plan your server environment. You'll also learn how P2V (physical-to-virtual) migrations can ease physical data center moves, three different ways to virtualize storage and more.